Have you ever noticed how infectious a smile can be?
I wonder if you are like me, unable to resist smiling back. A smile churns my spirit, it makes me feel a sense of happiness.
Growing up, I was told by my Pastor that one of the things he liked most about me was that I always had a smile. That comment, this observation has stuck with me for years now. See, I want to be infectious. I want to be someone others want to be around.
I’m blessed to have three very happy kids, especially my baby girl. She smiles constantly, and then has the most happy giggle. It’s contagious. Her smile and laughter brings a smile to others. Sure, part of that impact is the fact she is a baby. But there is still something about her smile, and that giggle. They stir something up inside you that a second ago was just dormant.
How contagious are you? Do others want to be with you, or find any reason to avoid you? If you are a Believer and Follower of Jesus, people should be drawn to you. There should be a joy, an excitement that others see and want to know about.
I like to think that Jesus had an infectious smile and laugh. Think about it, regardless of what He was teaching, people wanted to be around Him. This was so often the case, we see several times in Scripture where He tried to get away for some solitude. People were drawn to Him. And while I know it was for more than a nice smile or laugh, I’m sure He still had them!
As this year, another decade, winds down I want to encourage you. Be a contagious follower of Jesus. Strive to live a life so awe inspiring that people want to be with you. Not because of you, but because of Him and what He has and is doing in you.
Let your life be a catalyst for leading others to the feet of Christ.